About the Program

Founded in 2006 to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major in Documentary Studies), the Documentary Studies Program prepares undergraduate students to more effectively engage in the media-infused global marketplace as citizens, consumers, educators, scholars, and practitioners.

The Documentary Studies curriculum combines a solid grounding in the academic and theoretical literature of documentary media with an opportunity for intensive fieldwork in one or more areas of documentary expression (video/film, radio, hypermedia/multimedia, photography, and nonfiction writing). Students will learn not only to produce documentary work but also to understand its history and range and be able to critically analyze it in terms of both content and craft.

The minor in documentary studies permits interested students to combine a course of study in a traditional major in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities with a sub-concentration in documentary studies.

The Honors curriculum allows students to take on a program that is especially intellectually rigorous and that yields a final project more substantial than that required of non-Honors students.

The major prepares students for employment in fields that require in-depth research, writing, and editing skills, including archival, library, and audiovisual research; the ability to analyze, critique, and produce visual and aural communications, such as for entertainment, education, or advocacy; and a broad understanding of fact-based communication that can be applied in a range of corporate, educational, service, or government settings. The major also prepares students for advanced study in a range of fields.